Erdogan’s rage brings death threats to German MPs
German MPs of Turkish origin faced death threats from people loyal to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the weekend after voting to declare Ottoman masacres of Armenians a genocide.
“Their blood is impure and we know whose spokespeople they are,” Erdogan told a cheering audience at a televised rally on Saturday.
“They are the long arm of the separatist terrorists in this country in Germany.”
“I am seriously worried,” Green party MP Özcan Mutlu told public broadcaster ARD on Sunday evening.
“I’ve never experienced this quality [of attack]. Some manic, crazy person might hear that and think ‘the leader has given his orders’.”
“Many people in Turkey have died like that.”
“Unfortunately there is also a Turkish Pegida,” Green party leader Cem Özdemir – a longtime Erodgan critic and one of the people who pushed for the Armenia resolution – told Die Welt am Sonntag.
“Far-right radicalism is not a German privilege. It exists in Turkey too and among German Turks.”
Berlin police have reportedly increased their protective detail around Özdemir’s flat in the capital in response to the threats